Trivia Tuesday – March 1, 2016

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♦  The Secret Service was formed on July 5, 1865, but not for the purpose of protecting the President. It’s formation as part of the Treasury Department was solely for combating the rampant counterfeiting that followed the end of the Civil War. It wasn’t until 1902 that a detail of two agents was assigned to the White House to protect the President. The White House Detail today consists of more than 100 men and women.  Source

♦  Unbelievably, the IRS taxes stolen property. The 1040 instructions say to report it as stolen property. However, since doing that would be self-incrimination, which the Constitution protects us from, one has the option of reporting it as “other income”.  Source

♦  The first Academy of Motion Pictures Award of Merit (now known as Oscars) ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner with 270 attendees. The ceremony only lasted 15 minutes. The list of winners had been published three months earlier, but they never were again. Though “talkies” were being made, none were nominated because because the members of the Academy felt they had an unfair advantage over silent films.  Source

♦  Known as the “Venice of the Netherlands”, the Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads. Founded in the 13th century, its thatch-roofed buildings are connected by footbridges and four miles of canals.  Source

♦  Although the Eiffel Tower weighs 7300 metric tons, it actually weighs less than the air that surrounds it! If you built a one-foot (30 cm) high scale model of the tower, it would weigh only as much as a nickel (seven grams).  Source

♦  Martin Van Buren was the first American-born president. All the previous presidents were born British subjects.  Source


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